Todd A. LaSala


Stinson LLP
1201 Walnut Street
Suite 2900
Kansas City, MO 64106

Tel: 816.691.3410


Todd concentrates his practice on sophisticated commercial real estate transactions. Known for representing municipalities and developers in high-profile development and redevelopment projects in the Kansas City area and beyond, Todd leads many public sector and private developer clients in the use of public incentives and other financing to make their projects successful.

Focused on commercial real estate and development with an emphasis on public-private partnerships, for many years Todd has led client teams on major local projects financed with public incentives. He is the Chairman of the firm’s Real Estate and Public Finance practice division nationwide and he proudly works to grow local communities through innovative projects such as Village West in Kansas City, Kansas – including Children’s Mercy Park, the home stadium for Sporting KC and the related Pinnacle project – the home for the U.S. Soccer National Education Center.

He is currently working on Kansas City’s largest mixed-use project, Bluhawk, a southern Overland Park, Kansas project which plans to develop and build a 3,500 seat arena, an indoor multi-sport athletic complex, over 600,000 square feet of retail, hotel and commercial space, along with office and multi-family housing. Todd’s experience with public incentives for such projects includes tax increment financing (TIF), STAR Bonds, community improvement districts (CID) and tax abatement, among other public financing tools.

Todd also has significant experience representing landlords and tenants in commercial leasing matters involving office, retail and industrial property. He has represented sellers and purchasers in the commercial property conveyance, and lenders and borrowers on loans secured by real estate.

  • Todd led the firm’s representation of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas in its development of Village West, the retail and entertainment district adjacent to the Kansas Speedway. He helped negotiate and close transactions to bring Cabela’s and Nebraska Furniture Mart to Kansas City, and he helped the Unified Government in its development of the Legends shopping center, a baseball stadium for the Kansas City T-Bones minor league franchise, and other projects at Village West.
  • Todd has worked on most of the public-private partnership development projects in the City of Overland Park, Kansas. He was the firm’s lead attorney representing the City in the development of retail projects like Prairiefire, Corbin Park, the development of mixed-use projects like Bluhawk and City Place and the development of multi-family projects in downtown Overland Park, including Avenue 80, Interurban Lofts and the Vue, just to name a few.
  • Todd represented the Unified Government in the development of a new $165 million Major League Soccer stadium for the Sporting Kansas City franchise and the development of a 600,000 square foot office campus for Cerner Corporation.
  • He was the co-author of the State of Illinois’ STAR Bond Financing Act, which was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn in 2010.
  • Todd has helped many of the firm’s clients in the drafting and negotiation of their retail, office and industrial leases. He represented the owner of the largest office park in Kansas and helped lease approximately 2,500,000 square feet of its office space. Todd also serves as counsel to major corporations who lease retail and office space as tenants nationwide.
  • He worked on the first tax increment financing (TIF) project that was ever awarded to a developer in the City of Overland Park, Kansas. He represented Tri-Land Properties, the developer of Cherokee South Shopping Center, which was granted unanimous approval of its TIF in 2008 by the Overland Park City Council.
  • Todd was selected to membership in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 2014. He was listed in the 2006-2015 editions of Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Real Estate and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Midwest Real Estate News 2021 Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Selected to membership in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2014
  • Listed in the 2012 – 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Law and named “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2020 edition
  • Todd has been listed in the 2006 – 2022 editions of Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Real Estate, saying that he is “a lawyer with the attitude of ‘how do we get the deal done,'” as well as praise from clients for his ability to “think outside of the box and understand the deal with a great entrepreneurial streak.”
  • Selected as one of Kansas City’s 40 Under Forty by Ingram’s Magazine, 2010
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council

As one of the leading real estate practices in the Midwest, we provide trusted counsel on sophisticated transactions in regional and national markets throughout the U.S. We’re known for our work on some of the nation’s most innovative and prominent real estate projects across the full range of commercial, mixed-use, residential and public finance projects. We often serve as local counsel, with lenders and borrowers from across the country taking advantage of our regional experience and contacts.

Midwest Real Estate News ranked Stinson third on the list of the “2021 Best of the Best” in real estate law, with 2,410 completed real estate transactions throughout the Midwest. Many of our real estate attorneys have prior professional experience as architects, in-house real estate counsel, assistant attorneys general and more. Five members of the real estate team are members of the Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame: Kate Hauber, David Frantze, Alan Van Dellen, Todd Phelps and Todd LaSala. Clients also benefit from our deep industry connections, including our involvement in such organizations as the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the International Council of Shopping Centers, American Land Title Association Lender’s Counsel Group and Corporate Real Estate Network.

Stinson LLP collaborates with clients ranging from individuals and privately held enterprises to national companies and international public corporations.

With 450 attorneys in 12 offices nationwide, we take pride in our collaborative approach, our lasting relationships and our unique perspectives.

Our accomplished attorneys leverage deep knowledge and experience to deliver practical guidance, helping clients minimize risks and realize opportunities. We take pride in our collaborative approach, our lasting relationships and our unique perspectives.

Todd LaSala advises developers and municipalities on a range of development projects. He is the national chair of both the firm’s real estate and public finance divisions.”
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